FoodLegal’s popular workshops open for brief season
August 25, 2014

FoodLegal’s popular workshops open for brief season Food lawyers and expert consultants FoodLegal are bringing back two of their most popular training courses for the only time this year. Each workshop will run in both Melbourne and Sydney in October 2014 but pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited and are expected to be filled well before each date. The two workshops are: Credence claims and managing ACCC risks: Marketing food in compliance with The Australian Consumer Law Harnessing... ...Read more »

Food Standards Australia New Zealand reacts to criticism of drinks Health claims anomaly
August 18, 2014

Food Standards Australia New Zealand reacts to criticism of drinks Health claims anomaly Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on its proposal to change the Food Standards Code to expand the range of claims that can be made about formulated supplementary sports foods (FSSFs), electrolyte drinks and electrolyte drink bases (EDs). The proposed changes coincide with a recent article written by Charles Fisher, a food lawyer and Principal of leading consultants FoodLegal.... ...Read more »

FSA defers decision on raw milk in UK as Australia considers raw milk regulation
July 30, 2014

FSA defers decision on raw milk in UK as Australia considers raw milk regulation The UK’s food safety regulator, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has decided to maintain current regulations controlling the sale of raw milk, while further evidence is gathered to allow FSA board members to make a final decision on whether to revise the rules. Following a review of the current raw milk regulations, the FSA had proposed exploring the scope for wider access to raw milk, including limited sales from vending... ...Read more »

FSANZ makes second call for submissions on Food Standards Code and raw milk
July 14, 2014

FSANZ makes second call for submissions on Food Standards Code and raw milk Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released second calls for submissions on a decision of the Food Standards Code, and a proposal to allow a wider range of raw milk products to be sold in Australia. Second call for submissions on revised Food Standards Code FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ had taken account of feedback from industry, enforcement agencies and consumers provided since... ...Read more »

Food and Health ministers agree on policy guidelines for caffeine regulation
June 30, 2014

Food and Health ministers agree on policy guidelines for caffeine regulation Australia’s health and food regulation ministers have endorsed the revised Policy Guideline on the Regulatory Management of Caffeine in the Food Supply, after consultation with industry, public health and consumer groups. The revised Policy Guideline was signed off as part of a meeting of the Legislative and Governance Forum of Food Regulation which took place in Sydney late last week. The Forum consists of all Australian... ...Read more »

Proposal to allow production and sale of raw milk products in Australia
December 9, 2013

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on a proposal that will permit production and sale of an increased range of raw milk products in Australia. FSANZ said that, if approved, the proposal would see requirements for raw milk products introduced into the Food Standards Code. “Under the current Food Standards Code only certain types of raw milk products (hard to very hard cooked curd cheeses) are permitted and permissions for other types of products can be granted... ...Read more »

Australian consumers warned: US FDA investigates dietary supplement for hepatitis outbreak
October 28, 2013

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has alerted consumers to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into dietary supplements labelled OxyELITE Pro. FSANZ has advised consumers not to use OxyELITE Pro supplements because they are potentially linked to an outbreak of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii. Australian health authorities have been alerted to be on the lookout for acute cases of non-viral hepatitis. Acute non-viral hepatitis is damage to liver cells from any cause... ...Read more »

More than a quarter of Americans eat gluten-free foods to ‘help lose weight’
October 16, 2013

The popularity of gluten-free foods shows no signs of slowing down, with consumers in the US who are not gluten-intolerant also buying wheat-free products, according to new findings from global market research organisation Mintel. Mintel found that as many as 65 per cent of consumers in the US who eat or used to eat gluten-free foods did so because they think the products are healthier, and 27 per cent eat them because they feel the products aid in weight loss efforts. “It’s really interesting... ...Read more »

FSANZ asks for feedback on GM lucerne application
October 14, 2013

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has invite submissions on an application to change the Food Standards Code to allow food derived from genetically modified lucerne. FSANZ said it had assessed the application from Monsanto Australia to allow food derived from lucerne genetically modified to have reduced levels of lignin. In its application to FSANZ, Monsanto Australia said that as lucerne grows and forage biomass increases, the quality of conventional lucerne begins to decrease rapidly... ...Read more »

FSANZ proposes national standard for meat production and processing
October 9, 2013

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on a proposed primary production and processing standard for meat in Australia. The proposed standard provides a national “whole of chain” approach to food safety and regulation of meat products, according to FSANZ. “The standard recognises that existing State and Territory laws already cover things such as animal feed and water, traceability and processing activities,” said Steve McCutcheon, FSANZ Chief Executive Officer. “What... ...Read more »

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